The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts launches GreenRoom, a musical theater training grant by and for BIPOC artists

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts today launched GreenRoom, an intensive musical theater training fellowship created by and for Black, Indigenous and Artists of Color (BIPOC). The six-week program will be led by seven BIPOC artists and will run from July 7 to August 18. Applications for the 10 open scholarship positions are available now. GreenRoom is made possible through the support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

“The arts are central to our daily lives. They connect people from different traditions, cultures and backgrounds around a shared experience,” said Maia Maiden, Director of Arts Learning and Community Engagement of Ordway, which runs GreenRoom. We want to invest in talented, diverse artists here in Minnesota because they deserve it, and our local arts community is better off because of their artistry.”

Eligible applicants include BIPOC actors, dancers, and singers who are 18 years of age or older and have less than three years of experience as a professional musical theater performer beyond high school or college. Applicants must be able to demonstrate their commitment to the performing arts and participation in the duration of the program. Scholarship recipients will receive $2,250 for their participation in the program.

Key GreenRoom faculty members include Denzel Belin, Rush Benson, Aimee K. Bryant, Tiffany Cooper, Jared Miller, Nora Montañez Patterson, and Natalia Romero Arbeláez. These artists will develop the curriculum for the program, which will cover acting, vocal technique, movement and audition, as well as special masterclasses in business development, public speaking and well-being. be. Guest speakers and teaching artists will also participate.

Interested artists can apply online at by May 15. Faculty members will review applications and notify selected applicants in June.

“We are honored to welcome seven accomplished artists as core faculty members for this fellowship,” said Ordway President and CEO Chris Harrington. “Thanks to the generous support of the Knight Foundation, The Ordway and its prestigious GreenRoom faculty will be able to create a dynamic program that is new, intentional, and beneficial to Fellows as they navigate their careers in musical theatre.”


The Ordway’s GreenRoom is an intensive musical theater training fellowship created by and for Black, Indigenous and Artists of Color (BIPOC). The scholarship is open to Minnesota actors, dancers, and singers ages 18 and older who are interested in expanding their performing arts skills into musical theater. GreenRoom is the first of its kind in the state, with core classes focused on acting, singing/voice technique, movement, and audition.


The Ordway is the arts epicenter of Saint Paul, Minnesota and one of the nation’s premier nonprofit performing arts centers. Founded on the belief that the performing arts should be diverse and accessible to everyone, the Ordway hosts a variety of shows that encompass Broadway’s finest musicals, concerts, dance and voice artists. The Ordway serves thousands of children each year through its educational programs and features the annual Flint Hills Family Festival. Known as the most comfortable place to catch a show in Minnesota, the Ordway features a magnificent 1,900-seat musical theater, a state-of-the-art 1,100-seat concert hall, and spacious lobbies. The Ordway is a proud member of the Arts Partnership, a collaboration comprising the Ordway, Minnesota Opera, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Schubert Club. The Ordway aims to reflect the communities it serves and overcome barriers to ensure everyone can experience the power of the performing arts.